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CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors are finishing the 2022 portion of the project. Michels Corporation has finished the natural gas work. Q3 Contracting is putting down winter erosion control on the areas that didn’t receive permanent restoration because of weather. This includes temporary asphalt on surfaces that were previously concrete, and hydromulch on the boulevards and lawns that didn’t receive permanent restoration. In spring 2023, the crew will return to restore these areas to their original conditions. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience as we’re working as efficiently as we can. We wish you a safe and warm holiday season.
This week, a crew from Michels Corporation, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractor, began replacing the existing natural gas main under the west sides of streets and installing under the west boulevard of York, Zenith, and Abbott Avenues S. between 55th and 58th Streets W., in addition to the south side of 55th Street W. between Zenith and Abbot Avenues S. They anticipate that the main replacement on these roads will take approximately two weeks.
During this time, there will be full access to driveways. The crews will be able to move any obstructions out of the way at any point during working hours. There will be no obstructed driveways after working hours. Please know the crews are very approachable and will happily stop work to assist in getting people in and out of their driveways. We will do our best to not obstruct driveways, but it can be difficult to avoid in tight areas. In case we do, give us a wave and we will get it done as quickly as possible, or call 612-321-5546. Also, we will make sure full restoration is done for all excavated areas. We thank you for your understanding.
From Monday, September 12 into late fall 2022, CenterPoint Energy’s authorized contractors will work in Edina’s York Park Neighborhood. While Michels Corporation will replace the natural gas mains, connect the natural gas service lines to the new mains, and move any inside meters outside, Q3 Contracting will restore the areas affected by Michels Corporation’s work. During this time, parking and sidewalk closures may occur. The crews will work along select streets between France and York Avenues S. and between 55th and 58th Streets W.
The customer will receive a CenterPoint Energy postcard in the mail typically within one or two weeks prior to the day when the Michels Corporation crews will perform the work. The crews will have CenterPoint Energy-authorized photo IDs stating that they are employees of Michels Corporation.
After the customer receives the postcard, the foreman will arrive at the customer’s house to schedule an appointment that typically meets with the customer’s schedule. If the customer isn’t home when they arrives, he will leave a door tag with his contact information to schedule an appointment with him.
Customers are advised to set aside a two- to four-hour time frame for the inside-to-outside gas meter move. They are also advised to mark their privately-installed utilities such as dog fences or sprinklers. Marking can be accomplished with tools such as spray paint or utility flags. The foreman will access the natural gas meter inside the house, move the meter outside, and relight the natural gas appliance pilot lights after the new meter has been relocated.
Customers with outside meters will be notified prior to the replacement or connection of the service lines to the new mains. Areas affected by our work will be restored to their original condition.
On the soft surfaces such as boulevards and lawns, various erosion control measures keep the restored area moist, hold seed in the soil, and enhance seed germination. If an erosion blanket is needed it is secured in place with staples. The mesh is a wood fiber that will completely degrade. Prior to mowing the restored area, remove any loose staples that secured the blanket.
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